Immigration To Canada From The Philippines
Filipinos Now Large Demographic of Immigrants in Canada
The number of Filipinos working and studying in Canada is growing rapidly, with Filipino immigrants to Canada being one of the biggest groups of immigrants overall. There are around 500,000 Filipinos now living in Canada, with 32,000 of them moving to Canada in 2012 alone to live, work and study. Filipinos started to move to Canada in the 1930’s, and from the 1990’s the number of immigrants started increasing with many coming to work as live in nannies and care workers. The majority of Filipino immigrants have settled in Toronto or Winnipeg which hosts around 200,000 people who originated from the Philippines, the biggest ethnic minority in Winnipeg are Filipinos, who make up nearly 9% of the population of the city.
Often an individual will come to Canada first, find work and then apply for permanent residency before bringing their partner and children to Canada to live. They can also sponsor their parents and grandparents to come to Canada if they can financially support them with special sponsorship programmes for family members, which are proving popular with family oriented Filipino immigrants.
Popular Jobs For Filipino Immigrants
Filipinos working in Canada find employment in various disciplines, and as they generally are fluent in English, can find jobs relatively quickly compared to other immigrants without language skills in English. But popular fields to work in include care work and nursing, as Canada has immigration programmes to attract people with experience in live in care and nursing, such as the Skilled Worker Programme and the Live-In Caregiver Programme. The Philippines benefits from this cross cultural immigration as Filipinos send around $2 billion home every year. There is currently one Canadian senator of Filipino ancestry, Tobias Enverga Jr, and the Secretary of State for Asia and the Pacific from 2001-14, Rey Pagtakhan was a Filipino-Canadian. This has only strengthened the ties between the two countries. The cost of living is significantly higher in Canada but the wages are in line with this, so people moving to Canada for work from the Philippines can be assured that they will have a good standard of living in Canada’s friendly, multi-cultural society.